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ARIZONA: Arizona Inmates May Have Been Exposed to Pathogens


Sacramento Bee (01.08.2014)

The Sacramento Bee reported that approximately 24 inmates of Arizona State Prison Complex–Lewis in Buckeye, Ariz., may have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens. According to Clarisse Tsang, hepatitis prevention coordinator for the state’s Department of Health Services, the exposure was due to improper use of an insulin vial on a number of patients. The nurse is an employee of Corizon Health, Inc., of Brentwood, Tenn. The company publicly disclosed the violation, which it said occurred in three of seven units, and suspended the nurse while it investigates the violation. Blood-borne pathogens that can be transmitted through bodily fluids include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Corrections Director Charles Ryan stated that Corizon responded immediately and he expected the company to address any errors in patient care. A similar problem occurred at the prison in August 2012 when a nurse employed by the previous healthcare provider injected inmates from a contaminated insulin vial.


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